Wide screen devices may view this page better by clicking here

Environment

spotCampaigns

spotOrganisations

spotArguments for socialism

spotPeople

spotInternational

spotEvents

spotAround the UK


All keywords


All Campaigns subcategories:

Anti-capitalism

Anti-fascist

Anti-racism

Anti-war

Asylum

Black and Asian

Children

CNWP

Corporate crime

Disability

Education

Election campaigns

* Environment

EU

Finance

Food

Gender Recognition Act

Health and safety

Health and welfare

Housing

Human Rights

LGBT Pride

Local government

Local services

Low pay

Migration

Nationalisation

New workers party

NHS

Pensions

Post Office

Poverty

Privatisation

Public Services

Socialism

Socialist

Sport

Stop the slaughter of Tamils

Students

The state

Transport

TUSC

Welfare rights

Women

Workplace and TU campaigns

Youth


Environment


Highlight keywords  |Print this articlePrint this article
From: The Socialist issue 1088, 27 May 2020: Reckless, lying, cheats

Search site for keywords: Energy - Union - Workers - Jobs

Energy firm plans to make 2,600 redundant - union must not accept attacks

  (Click to enlarge)

Carl Harper, Socialist Party Cambridgeshire

OVO Energy has announced plans to make 2,600 workers redundant, including workers in Cambridgeshire.

Some workers found out through the TV or radio that they were at risk of losing their job.

The statement from the GMB union informed workers that the GMB had unsuccessfully worked "behind the scenes" and had reached "the end of the road on attempts at a rescue package". The union said it would "seek workers' views" on the announcement!

One worker, who worked as an SSE employee before it was taken over by OVO, told us: "They (the union) have given up fighting. It sounds like the company wants all customer services gone and automated. But I doubt they have informed customers of this. It seems they want us working as self-employed because then they will give us no benefits. And when work dries up, or we're not needed as much, they can tell you you're not needed".

And despite SSE workers being told during the OVO takeover that jobs were safe, the worker said that "they're doing something like this every couple of months, I'm sick of it".

This is clear opportunism by OVO, blaming the Covid-19 pandemic to cut jobs and workers terms and conditions. Throughout the crisis customers will still be paying energy bills, and it is unlikely that any reduction in services, such as customer services, will be reflected in a reduction of those bills.

It is disappointing that the union has chosen to 'work behind the scenes' and allowed threats to workers' livelihoods to be 'leaked' to the media without workers' knowledge, rather than tap into the anger clearly felt by workers, organising action in defence of jobs. Workers need to put pressure on the union to fight.

We need to bring the energy industry into public ownership, run under democratic workers' control and management. This would bring security to the workers currently exposed to the chaos and cruelty of 'the market'. A socialist plan of production would also enable workers, trade unions and service users

to decide how best to run the company in a way that battles the environmental and climate crisis, and end the 'fuel poverty' experienced by the poorest in society.

Donate to the Socialist Party

Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.

We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to click here to donate to our Fighting Fund.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation £

 

Your message: 

 






Environment keywords:

Animal rights (6)

Bali (5)

Biofuel (2)

Biofuels (7)

Carbon (59)

Carbon trading (1)

Climate change (282)

Earthquake (26)

Eco-socialism (2)

Electricity (17)

Energy (245)

Environment (208)

Fires (15)

Flooding (34)

Forests (6)

Fracking (58)

Gas (122)

Global warming (96)

Heathrow airport (17)

IPCC (26)

Incinerator (15)

Kyoto Agreement (5)

Landfill (8)

Methane (3)

Nuclear power (56)

Recycling (26)

Renewables (9)

Sarp (1)

Sellafield (9)

Stern (4)

Tsunami (28)

Waste (51)

Wind power (3)

Windscale (4)

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Article dated 27 May 2020

Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

MEMBER RESOURCES

Pay in Fighting Fund

Pay in paper and book sales

Leaflets

Bulk book orders

New member submission

WHAT'S ON

triangle7 Mar Socialist Party & CWI broadcast: Fighting to end women’s oppression - a socialist and internationalist approach

triangle9 Mar Bristol North Socialist Party: Socialist feminism

triangle9 Mar Caerphilly & RCT Socialist Party: A socialist charter for women in the pandemic

More...


The Socialist, weekly newspaper of the Socialist Party

Subscribespacer|spacerebook / Kindlespacer|spacerPDF versionspacer|spacerText / Printspacer|spacer1123 onlinespacer|spacerBack issuesspacer|spacer Audio files


International Women

International Women's Day rally, Sunday 7th March, 3pm. Click here for Facebook and Zoom links.

What We Stand For
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Platform setting: =

Desktop version